Tumbleweed Coastal Plants
Operating since 2000, husband and wife team John Davies and Wendy Schick of Tumbleweed Coastal Plants initially opened as a plant retail outlet, but soon saw the potential for a professional landscaping service. This resulted in their move to a larger site in Matakana in 2002 to allow for a greater supply of services. The duo offers a wealth of plant knowledge, John being a fourth generation horticulturalist and Wendy having over 35 years experience in the industry. Tumbleweed now incorporates a retail plant centre as well as a full landscape supply yard, providing complete landscaping services from design to installation.
Liberty Park Native Tree Nursery
Liberty Park is a wholesale nursery, but “like a little shop”, they are open to the public. Mainly catering to local landscapers and gardeners, the nursery specialises predominantly in natives, with a small selection of non-natives. Plants suitable to the local climate are all grown on site from their own cuttings or locally collected seeds. Manager Rhonda, with Carola and Cherri, operate Liberty Park and between the three of them have worked at the nursery for around 28 years now. The trio are happy to share their expertise and experience in providing advice on your planting or landscape project.
09 422 7307 / email@example.com / 90 Jones Road Omaha, RD 5 Warkworth
Takana Native Trees Limited
After whittling the ‘Ma’ off Matakana; Takana Native Trees Limited sprung forth – a wholesale nursery supplying mature trees in bigger bag sizes of “every single species of native tree that can be grown in the North”. Takana Native Trees Limited supplies mainly to the Auckland council region and while growing a huge range of native species, specialises in Nikau and unusual Northern coastal species. Although there is no shop present, Director Don Turner, site manager Hans Kuo and foreman Jamie Simpson welcome local visitors to come down during weekdays and check out their huge range of big trees!
Bali Garden is an importer from Bali for garden statuary and outdoor furniture; the nine-hectare property also showcases a great range of palms and cycads for sale. Bali Garden functions as a commercial retail space and nursery, set up as a lush, tranquil Balinese garden and open for visitors (best to call first). With a “good network of support within the industry”, owner Robyn Alexander specialises working with garden and landscape designers and commission work – all infused with the relaxed vibe that the Balinese style offers.
Bruce Whistler has lived on this land on Omaha Flats Road for over 40 years. He grew up here, on the family sheep farm. It’s a bit different now, but Bruce enjoys running the nursery operation of Matakana Palms while partner Raewyn creates superb sub-tropical landscaping. Their big sellers include Pitt Island Nikau from the Chathams (nice and hardy), Kentia, Bangalow and Date palms, but they stock at least ten other varieties. They also do cycads, Mexican and Australian grass trees, dragon trees and bromeliads. And their range of landscaping supplies is legendary, with ex-hydroponic, coconut fibre garden mix and bark mulch being high on the list.
Organic Herbs and Seedlings
For many, the perception of organic plants conjures up images of weak, stressed and overpriced seedlings; Mandy Purvis from Organic Herbs and Seedlings has completely dispelled that myth. As certified organic growers, Mandy and Craig produce lush, healthy plants, growing a wide range of vegetable, flower and herb seedlings for the home gardener. The range includes trendy microgreens, which can be found garnishing meals in most local restaurants and cafes. Check out their Facebook pages ‘Organic Herbs and Seedlings’ and ‘Organic Edible Garden’ for weekly webisodes and gardening advice. They can be found at Matakana Farmers’ Market and New World Warkworth. A full product list can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The new year brought new management to The Protea Patch and Matakana Sculptural Habitat – The Secret Garden – husband and wife team Dave Smitheram and Carol van Dyk. The Protea Patch nursery team prides itself on providing one of the widest ranges of the Proteaceae family of plants in NZ. These hardy plants are perfect for planting and flowering throughout the upcoming winter – great for bees. Propagating at the nursery, Dave and Carol are able to provide an ongoing supply of protea specimens along with a selection of other low maintenance coastal plants. They specialise in online orders, delivering throughout NZ. Adjacent to the nursery is the stunning Matakana Sculptural Habitat – enter by donation and have a wander through the natural sculptures of the park. The team at the nursery love to give advice and email queries are welcome.
Quantum Landscapes Matakana provides a total landscape consultation service. As owner James Simpson says, they’re into “creating great spaces, from creation right through to care.” A local business that caters to the greater Matakana area, Quantum Landscapes Matakana specialise in residential outdoor and commercial spaces, as well as lifestyle block development. They’ll do your planting plans, all forms of hardscaping and softscaping and maintenance, plus excavator hire. Quantum boasts 29 years of experience within the landscape construction and design industry in both New Zealand and England. Talk to James and his team for a free quote on how they can deliver your unique garden style.